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The Underdog Comes Out on Top – MPS Continues International Recognition

Published Bernice on Thursday, March 9, 2023 12:00 PM

The Underdog Comes Out on Top – MPS Continues International Recognition

K12 Digest, an independent international K12 Educational Portal, and Magazine featured Merrick Preparatory School (MPS) on February 28, 2023, as one of 10 Prominent Boarding Schools to Watch in 2023. Only 2 Canadian Boarding Schools made the list, and we were one of them. A small school like ours, often seen as an underdog in the boarding school industry, has been recognized internationally once again for its achievements.

The K12 Digest featured MPS as a school that is building a global community of compassionate citizens. Our Headmaster, Mr. Kevin Farrell, was questioned about how and what we do at Merrick Preparatory School which is reflected in this article.

We have worked for over 10 years to not be overlooked and we are excited to see that international educational players are now reaching out to us recognizing the work and support that has been given to students at MPS.

Merrick Preparatory School has graduated 127 students to date with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and has continued the 100% acceptance rate to universities to which our students apply.  Whether our students were excelling academically or needed to improve their GPA when they joined us – all of them entered universities.

Located in the small town of Merrickville, ON, Merrick Preparatory School focuses on offering individual attention to its students and helping them to achieve beyond the curriculum requirements. Our students grow academically and personally, in a small, safe, inclusive, and caring environment focused on diversity.

Our community goes further than our staff and students, it includes the beautiful community of Merrickville, Alumni, Partners, and Families around the world.  We are very thankful for each one of them as without the support of our MPS community, Merrick Preparatory School would not be the school it is.

Johanna Ziegler – Director of Admissions

Personally, I have always worked for small companies and schools. Especially at Merrick Preparatory School, I love seeing the impact each one of us staff members (cleaners, kitchen staff, teachers, residential staff, administrators, admissions & marketing, headmaster, and owner) have on each student. MPS is a jewel in this boarding school industry and is often overlooked.

Seeing that with our 10th anniversary, we are recognized internationally for the passion and hard work of each one of us, is incredible. A lot of the time we are overseen by parents on their search for a school as we only have a small campus and seem not to be able to compete with the big traditional boarding schools.

Those families and partners that have chosen to join our community feel and see what a huge impact we have on each student and how we change their lives beyond academic growth. Our school is a family and community, and every stakeholder matters.

I am very proud of the recent recognition from K12 Digest as well as the recent award from Fortune.  I hope that these international recognitions show how we care about our student’s success and that we prepare them well for university and life beyond.

We look forward to growing our school and are welcoming applications locally and internationally for the upcoming school year.

My team and I are here for you to find out if Merrick Preparatory School is your next step in education. Let’s start a conversation today!  Reach out to or go HERE.

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